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Snaps Are Quite Fantastic, For Some Use Cases

Sunday 31st of January 2021 06:14:34 PM
75% of users are still depending on traditional package mangers (APT, DNF… etc) instead of using Snaps or Flatpaks, but this is gradually starting to change, as larger organizations and development communities start to use the latter instead of the former. Some people like Snaps, some people hate them, which is fine, just like most […]

8 Must-Try Open Source ERP Systems

Tuesday 19th of January 2021 06:40:00 PM
ERP is an abbreviation for “Enterprise resource planning”. They are software systems used to do the work that the company needs from day to day. You can think of it as the software responsible for managing the companies activities. It is very useful to allow various units and sectors in companies and organizations do their […]

Best Linux Distribution of 2020: Linux Mint 20

Saturday 2nd of January 2021 07:14:44 PM
Each year, the FOSS Post team does an extensive research on choosing the best Linux desktop distribution of the year. There’s of course no “universal best”, as the criteria is different from one person to another. For our selection, we search for distributions which may be suitable for the dominant majority of Linux desktop users, […]

Telegram to Start Putting Ads in Public Channels in 2021

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020 03:03:12 PM
Telegram has been known for its good user experience that it provides for users wishing to have a WhatsApp alternative. With its many user-friendly features and being ad-free, millions of users migrated to it away from Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, but that migration could start to face some issues in the future. Today, Telegram’s product […]

Announcing FOSS Quiz: Quiz Platform For Open Source

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020 12:43:45 PM
At FOSS Post, we are very happy today to release our newest project: FOSS Quiz. When any new user enters the open source world, he/she will discover that there are so many details, so much information and tons of software to learn a lot about. Users wishing to dive deeper in the field may find […]

Contributing to Open Source For Dummies

Friday 18th of December 2020 07:50:04 AM
Many users of open source software may feel the need of giving something back to the community that gave them all of these benefits they are enjoying, but my face an obstacle of being unexperienced. Average users may not know how to code or design, and hence, may just give up on contributing anything back […]

GTK 4.0 Released, One Month After GIMP Finally Switched to GTK 3.X

Wednesday 16th of December 2020 08:05:30 PM
The GTK development team has just announced GTK 4.0; The latest stable version of the popular graphical user interfaces development toolkit. After 4 years of continuous work, the GTK 4.0 series brings tremendous changes over the GTK 3.X branch. You can read more about these changes in details from the official GTK blog post, which […]

The CentOS Project Just Committed Suicide

Wednesday 9th of December 2020 10:05:26 AM
In shocking news the CentOS project announced today that they are shifting their Linux distribution to be based on the beta (non-stable) branch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, rather than the stable branch. And that they are terminating CentOS 8 updates at the 31st of December, 2021. The CentOS project will now release something named […]

OpenOffice Still Gets +1.5 Million Downloads Per Month, Despite Being Discontinued

Sunday 29th of November 2020 07:40:43 AM
OpenOffice started as the open source version of “StarOffice” by Sun Microsystems in 1999. It continued to be a the mainstream Microsoft Office alternative through the 2000s and kept improving over time, until a community fork happened in 2011 after Oracle acquired Sun. The community feared that Oracle would shut down the project due to […]

Open Source/Linux Communities To Join and Enjoy

Thursday 26th of November 2020 05:53:07 PM
Looking for user communities and online forums is one of the very first things any new open source user would normally do after making the switch. These communities can be useful either to provide technical help or just general discussion about various topics in the open source world. People simply like to share their thoughts […]

Interesting Linux Distributions To Enlighten Your 3rd Quarantine

Wednesday 18th of November 2020 08:18:42 AM
The 3rd wave of Coronavirus is here, and hence many countries around the world are starting to impose new lockdowns in order to limit the spread of the virus. So what to do in this long time of quarantine? A Linux user answer to that question would be simply trying a bunch of interesting Linux […]

Why Companies Can Benefit From Open Source

Tuesday 17th of November 2020 08:36:14 PM
Many people think that open source software are just beneficial for end-users, and that there isn’t any much benefit for corporations or enterprises in using them. But that is absolutely not right. In fact, companies can be one of the most benefiting entities from open source, due to many reasons and factors which we’ll be […]

How Many Users Can Open Source Zoom Alternatives Handle?

Friday 13th of November 2020 07:10:32 PM
Zoom has been a boom since Coronavirus started, it seemed to be one of the very few software in the world capable of handling the planet’s digital transfer of most face-to-face communication since people were forced to stay in their homes during the quarantine. Governments, schools, universities, hospitals, companies, enterprises… All of them went to […]

Never Go For AMD Gaming on Linux Without CoreCtrl

Friday 13th of November 2020 08:36:53 AM
AMD is starting to become the mainstream option for gamers nowadays with their CPUs & GPUs, allowing on-budget gamers to enjoy great performance for mostly half the price of the other vendors in the market like Intel and NVIDIA. Sadly AMD does not provide its AMD Radeon software for Linux (The controlling program responsible of […]

Things To Do After Installing Fedora 33

Thursday 5th of November 2020 08:34:00 PM
Fedora releases a new version in approximately every 6 months. Each now version is supported with updates for 13 months in total. The distribution is a good place to get the latest stable software and technologies consistently. The latest stable version is currently Fedora 33, you can download it from the Fedora official website. If […]

Kick Google Play Outside Your Smartphone With AuroraStore

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020 04:05:21 PM
More than 90% of all smartphones around the world are powered by android, which comes with the Google Play store by default for downloading various apps and programs. While Google Play is great and all, it is still a proprietary software, and requires a Google account with an active login to use it. Moreover, all […]

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4 new open source licenses

As the steward of the Open Source Defintion, the Open Source Initiative has been designating licenses as "open source" for over 20 years. These licenses are the foundation of the open source software ecosystem, ensuring that everyone can use, improve, and share software. When a license is approved, it is because the OSI believes that the license fosters collaboration and sharing for the benefit of everyone who participates in the ecosystem. The world has changed over the past 20 years, with software now used in new and even unimaginable ways. The OSI has seen that the familiar open source licenses are not always well-suited for these new situations. But license stewards have stepped up, submitting several new licenses for more expansive uses. The OSI was challenged to evaluate whether these new concepts in licensing would continue to advance sharing and collaboration and merit being referred to as "open source" licenses, ultimately approving some new special purpose licenses. Read more

Stunning GNOME 40 Beta is Ready. Download and Test Now!

The GNOME team announced the availability of the official GNOME 40 Beta images in an email announcement. You can download and try the images now to experience the design overhaul. Read more

Can Linux Run Video Games?

Linux is a widely used and popular open source operating system that was first released back in 1991. It differs from operating systems like Windows and macOS in that it is open source and it is highly customizable through its use of “distributions”. Distributions or “distros” are basically different versions of Linux that can be installed along with the Linux core software so that users can customize their system to fit their specific need. Some of the more popular Linux distributions are Ubuntu, Debian and Fedora. For many years Linux had the reputation of being a terrible gaming platform and it was believed that users wouldn’t be able to engage in this popular form of entertainment. The main reason for this is that commercially successful games just weren’t being developed for Linux. A few well known video game titles like Doom, Quake and SimCity made it to Linux but for the most part they were overlooked through the 1990’s. However, things have changed a lot since then and there is an every expanding library of popular video games you can play on Linux. [...] There are plenty of Windows games you can run on Linux and no reason why you can’t play as well as you do when using Windows. If you are having trouble leveling up or winning the best loot, consider trying AskBoosters for help with your game. Aside from native Linux games and Windows games there are a huge amount of browser based games that work on any system including Linux. Read more

Security: DFI and Canonical, IBM/Red Hat/CentOS and Oracle, Malware in GitHub

  • DFI and Canonical offer risk-free system updates and reduced software lead times for the IoT ecosystem

    DFI and Canonical signed the Ubuntu IoT Hardware Certification Partner Program. DFI is the world’s first industrial computer manufacturer to join the program aimed at offering Ubuntu-certified IoT hardware ready for the over-the-air software update. The online update mechanism of and the authorized DFI online application store combines with DFI’s products’ application flexibility, to reduce software and hardware development time to deploy new services. DFI’s RemoGuard IoT solution will provide real-time monitoring and partition-level system recovery through out-of-band management technology. In addition to the Ubuntu online software update, RemoGuard avoids service interruption, reduces maintenance personnel costs, and response time to establish a seamless IoT ecosystem. From the booming 5G mobile network to industrial robot applications, a large number of small base stations, edge computing servers, and robots will be deployed in outdoor or harsh industrial environments. Ubuntu Core on DFI certified hardware and Remoguard brings the reassurance that no software update will bring risks and challenges of on-site repair.

  • Update CentOS Linux for free

    As you may know, in December 2020 IBM/Red Hat announced that CentOS Linux 8 will end in December 2021. Additionally, the updates for CentOS Linux 6 ended on November 30, 2020. If your organization relies on CentOS, you are faced with finding an alternative OS. The lack of regular updates puts these systems at increasing risk for major vulnerabilities with every passing day. A popular solution with minimal disruption is to simply point your CentOS systems to receive updates from Oracle Linux. This can be done anonymously and at no charge to your organization. With Oracle Linux, you can continue to benefit from a similar, stable CentOS alternative. Oracle Linux updates and errata are freely available and can be applied to CentOS or Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) instances without reinstalling the operating system. Just connect to the Oracle Linux yum server, and follow these instructions. Best of all, your apps continue to run as usual.

  • Malware in open-source web extensions

    Since the original creator has exclusive control over the account for the distribution channel (which is typically the user's only gateway to the program), it logically follows that they are responsible for transferring control to future maintainers, despite the fact that they may only have the copyright on a portion of the software. Additionally, as the distribution-channel account is the property of the project owner, they can sell that account and the accompanying maintainership. After all, while the code of the extension might be owned by its larger community, the distributing account certainly isn't. Such is what occurred for The Great Suspender, which was a Chrome extension on the Web Store that suspends inactive tabs, halting their scripts and releasing most of the resources from memory. In June 2020, Dean Oemcke, the creator and longtime maintainer, decided to move on from the project. He transferred the GitHub repository and the Web Store rights, announcing the change in a GitHub issue that said nothing about the identity of the new maintainer. The announcement even made a concerning mention of a purchase, which raises the question of who would pay money for a free extension, and why. Of course, as the vast majority of the users of The Great Suspender were not interested in its open-source nature, few of them noticed until October, when the new maintainer made a perfectly ordinary release on the Chrome Web Store. Well, perfectly ordinary except for the minor details that the release did not match the contents of the Git repository, was not tagged on GitHub, and lacked a changelog.